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Bangalore hub of arms trade
Published on 17 Nov. 2008 12:28 AM IST
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On an average, 12 persons are shot dead every day in India, reports Times News Network.Globally, around 3,75,000 die from bullet wounds every year. Students sometimes manage to lay their hands on guns and shoot their friends. The `hardware of violence’ is readily available in open markets. In the backdrop of an alleged global apathy towards regularization of arms trade, the Control Arms Foundation of India has been trying to highlight the social impact of this menace. Binalakshmi Nepram, secretary general of the foundation, said New Delhi and Bangalore were the top two arms trade hubs in India -- apart from being places where defence decisions are made and military hardware are manufactured. Now, the upcoming Aero India 2009 is what the foundation is looking at. Nepram said around 600 companies from India and abroad will participate in the show. “The UN deems aircraft as part of conventional arms and ammunition. In this regard, we want to draw attention to the larger picture of arms trade and the impact it has on the lives of millions of people,” she explained. The members of the foundation have planned a meeting in Bangalore when Aero India starts. They will try to highlight various issues revolving around arms trade. A human chain protest on MG Road is also planned. There will be a training session for volunteers of the foundation. The foundation comprises members ranging from college students to academicians to survivors of gun injuries and journalists. There are even singers and ex-military personnel men. “We hope to draw the society’s attention to how the sale of arms in the open market can harm us, especially the youth,” she added.

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